Alonzo Mourning III
definitely is a chip off the old block.
The 6-foot-7, 195-pound sophomore is the son of Alonzo Mourning II, who was one of the greatest shot-blockers in high school history and went on to have superb college and NBA careers. He would routinely swoop out of the low post and block seemingly open jump shots from the free-throw line.
Alonzo III summoned up images of his famous father last week when he blocked a school-record 15 shots to spark Ransom Everglades (Miami)
to a 74-53 basketball victory against LaSalle (Miami). He completed a triple-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
He actually had his triple-double at halftime with 12 points, 10 blocks and 10 rebounds.
Coach Claude Grubair told MaxPreps, "He also made three 3-pointers. He is a tremendous perimeter shooter. I think Trey (his nickname) has a chance - when he leaves high school - to be an even more complete player (than his father). Last year I had some college coaches say he is the best shooter (at any position) that they ever saw. That was at the age of 14.
"Trey is very long and wiry like his dad. He's very smart. He wants to be a big guard. He's a tremendous post player, but he doesn't want to have to live in the post. He's able to step out and be a defensive nightmare. We project him growing to either 7-foot or 7-2."
After performing as a backup player in eighth and ninth grades, Mourning currently is averaging 12.5 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks for a young Class 4A team. Grubair expects the Raiders to be courted by major tournaments around the country in the future, because he also has another high Division I prospect, 6-4 junior point guard Sam Singer
, who is averaging 31 points.